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Colpix, 1960. Very Good-
A key early moment for Nina Simone – recorded live at Newport in 1960, at a time when the festival was one of the most important showcases for groundbreaking jazz – and a perfect setting for Nina to really let loose in that righteous style that would fuel her career during the 60s! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reprise, Mid 60s. Very Good
One of the harder to find Sammy records, and one of the best! Sammy takes Mel Torme's drippy "California Suite", an extended work about how great California is – and he turns it into an extended chat between Sammy and a friend in a bar in New York City, with twists and turns that ... LP, Vinyl record album
How Will I Remember You?
Discovery, 1977. Very Good+
A great album from the late 70's, featuring the excellent jazz vocalist backed by a totally tight group led by Gildo Mahones. The sound is deep and loud, and there's some nice phat bass on here, particularly on the intro to "Baltimore Oriole", which has a nice break sound at the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Afro Blue
Trio (Japan), 1974. Very Good+
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Love Is Blue
A&M, 1968. Very Good+
Always-great work from lovely French singer Claudine Longet – a vocalist with a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of! This one's another sublime blend of French 60s pop and sunny A&M production – arranged to perfection by the great Nick DeCaro, with touches that deepen ... LP, Vinyl record album
This Is Sinatra!
Capitol, Early 50s. Very Good-
This Is Sinatra indeed – a wonderful collection of singles, and a near-lost album to the shifting sands of time! The record wasn't one of Frank's "album concepts" for Capitol, and has since been dismantled in the catalog – but for many in the 50s, this was one of THE Sinatra ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brother Where Are You
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good
Sweet 70s funk from the great Oscar Brown – quite a change from his jazz-based work of the 60s, but a great new sitting for all of his wonderful wit and warmth! Brown's still a hell of a songwriter, and one with a very socially-conscious eye – sharper here than before, with lots of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Place Vendome
Philips, Late 60s. Very Good+
An excellent set that has the vocal talents of the Swingle Singers backed by the sweet and mellow instrumentation of the Modern Jazz Quartet! Given that John Lewis & Co were essentially local residents in Paris for so many years, it's amazing it took them until 1966 to hook up with Ward ... LP, Vinyl record album
Memories And Dreams
Ekapa, 1983. Near Mint-
An beautiful set of jazzy vocal numbers featuring backing from players who aren't often heard n this setting, by Benjamin, one of a small number of shining lights on the jazz vocal scene in the 80s. The group here includes Onaje Allan Gumbs on piano, Buster Williams on bass, Carlos Ward on reeds ... LP, Vinyl record album
Movin' On
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good
A sweet bit of funky jazz vocals from Oscar Brown Jr – recorded during his early 70s stay at Atlantic Records, in a style that's very different than his early work! The tracks are all still original numbers by Oscar – penned with that clever bad-rapping approach to the lyrics that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Andy & The Bey Sisters
RCA, 1961. Very Good-
The landmark first album recorded by Andy Bey and his hip sisters Salome and Geraldine – cut even before their 2 rare classics on Prestige! The style here is completely sublime – a unique blend of jazz, folk, and some earthier elements – all served up with the warm and wonderful ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 1967. Near Mint-
One of Bobby D's albums from his confused period in the mid 60s! Sounds sort of goofy, but it actually works, thanks to some swinging arrangements by Roger Kellaway, and the pep and zip of the score. Plus, the cover's got Bobby leaning on a push me-pull me, with a doctor's bag and a big stovepipe ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse, 1963. Very Good Gatefold
A beautiful album of dark-hued vocals – sung by Johnny Hartman with a quality that's as smokey as the image of him with a cigarette on the cover! The album set a whole new standard for male vocal jazz in the 60s – and is a distillation and refinement of earlier ideas in music by Billy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sin & Soul
Columbia, 1960. Very Good
Trend-setting vocal work from Oscar Brown Jr – one of the hippest singers of his generation, and a vocalist who really took things to the next level in the 60s! Brown's got a sound that's partially influenced by the vocalese of Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, and other singers of the 50s ... LP, Vinyl record album
May I Come In
Capitol, 1964. Very Good+
A great album from Blossom Dearie – done with a soaring jazzy groove that makes it one of her best! Blossom's working here with Capitol arranger Jack Marshall – and he gives the album a much more upfront approach than some of Blossom's sparer sides for Verve – a groove, a bounce, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Now
MGM, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold
Funky Sammy! This is the Sammy D album from the 70's that features his cover of "Shaft" – renamed "John Shaft" – which was actually arranged by Isaac Hayes, and sounds a heck of a lot like the original, with cool vocals by Sammy! Also features his huge hit "The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Good Git-Together
World Pacific, 1959. Very Good+
A rare early session as a solo act by vocalist Jon Hendricks – recorded at the time when he was first making waves with Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross – but proof that Jon always sounded a lot hipper on his own! The style here is quite different from the vocalese of LHR, and Hendricks is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kerouac, Then & Now
Muse, 1986. Very Good
Mark Murphy's second album of jazz tracks by, about, and dedicated to Jack Kerouac. This one's got Mark reading from Big Sur and On The Road, plus doing a bit of a Lord Buckley monologue – all of which have musical accompaniment. He also sings a version of Billy Strayhorn's "Blood ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lovesick
Verve, Mid 60s. Very Good Gatefold
Wonderfully groovy work from the team of Jackie Cain & Roy Kral – a set that has the pair moving into much hipper modes for the 60s, and really taking off from the greatness of earlier records! Backing is still by Roy's core trio, with acoustic piano at the lead – but the addition ... LP, Vinyl record album
Midnight Mood
MPS, 1967. Very Good
A fantastic set from vocalist Mark Murphy – easily one of his greatest albums ever! The session was recorded for the MPS label in Germany during the late 60s – at a time when Murphy was recording some excellent work overseas – and the album features backings by a small combo ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated July 22, 2017


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